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Mix of events paid for through OSF grants

Record Number Participate in Annual Competition

Congratulations to the 31 OHS students who participated in the 12th annual Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition.  The Oakwood Schools Foundation administers the annual competition, thanks to generous financial support from Irvin Harlamert (OHS ’48). 

The contest emphasizes the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit on the success of our society and encourages students to explore and understand the value of owning their own business or non-profit enterprise.  For more on the annual opportunity, visit the Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition page


2021 Award Winners


Ruth Herman

Oakwood Schools Foundation is announcing one of the largest legacy gifts in the organization’s 40-year history, a $1.3 million gift from the estate of Ruth Herman.

A true trailblazer for women in engineering, Herman graduated from Oakwood High School in 1947 and was active alumna until her passing on October 4, 2020 at the age of 90. In her long and illustrious career, Herman was awarded the Scientific Research Society of America Research Award, the S.D. Heron Award from the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory, the Patricia Kayes Glass Award for Outstanding Women Scientist and Engineers, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for Scientific Achievement from the Department of the Air Force. In 2013, the Oakwood Alumni Association honored her with the Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding leadership in the field of engineering and service to her community. She also is listed in Who's Who of American Women, Fifth Edition. More information about Herman is available on the Newcomer website at  https://www.newcomerdayton.com/Obituary/189947/Ruth-Herman/Dayton-OH.

 “Oakwood Schools Foundation is profoundly grateful for Ruth’s generous gift that she entrusted to the care of the Foundation. Her loving legacy will be remembered forever in Oakwood Schools,” Chris Conard, Chair of the Oakwood Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, said.

Oakwood Schools Foundation was one of a handful of organizations close to Herman’s heart.  Her passion for Oakwood Schools led her to become an Oakwood Dream Builder, a group of Oakwood Schools’ alumni and friends who have made a legacy commitment to the Foundation through their wills or other planned gifts.

Ruth left her gift “undesignated,” giving the Oakwood Schools Foundation the ability to be flexible and responsive to the emerging needs of the Oakwood Schools’ faculty and students today and into the future. This significant gift will make a substantial and meaningful impact on the Foundation’s core mission, to enhance excellence in education for Oakwood Schools.

”Not only was Ruth a leader in her profession and before her time, she was a leader in the community, among her alumni and in philanthropy. We are grateful to her as she continues to lead us today and into the future through this meaningful gift,” Conard said.

For more information about Legacy Giving and Oakwood Dream Builders, visit the Legacy Giving page

Fundraising Begins to Support Real-World Journalism Experience

The next Walter Cronkite or Katie Couric may soon be broadcasting from Oakwood High School thanks to plans to create a real-world broadcast studio.

I want to provide students a real-world newsroom experience to best prepare and expose them to a career in journalism.

Kelsey Jackson, OHS Teacher

To donate to this program, visit
Broadcast Studio Fund

To read the full story, visit New Studio to Bring Real-World to OHS 


The Annual Fund is vital to the core mission of the Oakwood Schools Foundation. Help us reach this year’s Annual Fund for Students GOAL to show our support for Oakwood teachers and students by making your tax-deductible gift today!

EVERY gift – no matter how big or small - makes a significant IMPACT
in the lives of our students and community.

Please consider making your
tax-deductible gift today.


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Alumni Plaza Dedicated Sept. 26

An area already serving as the most-used entrance to Oakwood Junior High and Oakwood High School, an outdoor educational space and a gathering spot for community members, the Oakwood Alumni Plaza is now officially a part of the Oakwood Schools facilities.

Representatives of the school district, The Oakwood Schools Foundation, the Oakwood Alumni Association, various graduating classes of OHS and community members gathered Sept. 26 to dedicate the Plaza.

To learn more about the dedication and those who made the Alumni Plaza possible, visit the Alumni Plaza page.

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Students, Staff Benefit from Cleaner Air

Oakwood Schools’ students and staff members have an extra layer of protection in the fight against COVID-19, thanks to a grant from The Oakwood Schools Foundation.  OSF supplied funding for the District to purchase commercial-grade air purifiers for each classroom in the District’s five buildings.  The units were put in classrooms the week of Oct. 12.

To read more about how these units will add an additional level of protection for students and staff, visit our Grants page

air purifier in OJH classroom

2019 Annual Report

The spirit of giving is alive in Oakwood!  Thanks to our generous donors, alumni, community members, parents and friends, Oakwood Schools Foundation has been able to continue our mission of enhancing excellence in education in the Oakwood Schools in 2019.

Our annual report provides a snapshot of the creative and exciting things we have been able to do thanks to your generosity.  We hope you will visit our website and enjoy reading the 2019 Annual Report.

Cover of 2019 OSF annual report


Contact Information

Dante Connell

Dante Connell

Brandy McFall

Brandy McFall
Development Director

The Oakwood Schools Foundation
P.O. Box 351
Oakwood, OH 45409

To learn more about OSF, visit our About OSF page. 

Investment Information

For information on stocks, securities or estate funds, contact:

Tracie Boshears


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Thank you for your desire to contribute and help make a difference. Please note the Oakwood Schools Foundation is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, and we process all gifts and donations through the Foundation’s website.  Visit our Donate page to contribute to the Oakwood Schools Foundation. 

Thank you for your support!